ERIC Number: ED474577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Montana Standards for Social Studies.
Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena.
Social studies provides coordinated, systematic study of such disciplines as economics, history, geography, government, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and elements of the humanities. It develops the knowledge, skills, and processes necessary to understand historical and present day connections among diverse individuals and groups. A study of Montana's rich past and geographic diversity includes the distinct cultural heritage and contemporary perspectives of Montana's Native Americans and other cultural groups. Montana state content standards indicate what students should know, understand, and be able to achieve in a specific content area. Performance standards provide a picture of student achievement at four performance levels: (1) advanced, (2) proficient, (3) nearing proficiency, and (4) novice. Benchmarks define expectations for students' knowledge, skills, and abilities along a developmental continuum in each content area. That continuum is focused at three points at the end of grades four, eight, and twelve. Montana's six content standards for social studies are that students: (1) access, synthesize, and evaluate information to communicate and apply social studies knowledge to real-world situations; (2) analyze how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance to understand the operation of government and to demonstrate civic responsibility; (3) apply geographic knowledge and skills; (4) demonstrate an understanding of the effects of time, continuity, and change on historical and future perspectives and relationships; (5) make informed decisions based on an understanding of the economic principles of production, distribution, exchange, and consumption; and (6) demonstrate an understanding of the impact of human interaction and cultural diversity on societies. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Anthropology, Benchmarking, Citizenship Education, Economics, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Schools, Social Studies, Sociology, State Standards, Student Development
Office of Public Instruction, State of Montana, P.O. Box 202501, Helena, MT, 59620-2501. Tel: 888-231-9393 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.opi.state.mt.us/.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena.
Identifiers - Location: Montana